Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages Series 2 airing Tuesdays 9.00pm on More 4


Penelope Keith is taking to the road once again, exploring the world of our smallest communities. Thatched cottages, the local shop, quaint church spires and games on the green – just some of the images to be found amongst the 10,000 villages across the country. In this four-part second series of Hidden Villages, Penelope reveals more of the heritage and quirky traditions on which our villages are founded, while finding out what it means to be a village today.

A proud villager for nearly 40 years, Penelope is once again accompanied by the Batsford Guides - a series of beautifully illustrated books published from the 1930s onwards. They offer a window on our rural way of life, and help reveal what makes our villages unique. 

Over four programmes, Penelope heads to four very different regions: The popular peninsula of Devon and Cornwall and the lush beauty of Sussex and Kent in the south. Further north, the stunning Cumbrian landscape and the royal retreat of Deeside in Scotland.

Reef Television to produce The Siege of Leningrad for BBC2


Reef Television is producing The Siege of Leningrad, a 60-minute film that goes behind the performance of Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony in 1942 during the destructive moment of the war. The programme will be presented by the historian Professor Amanda Vickery and BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom Service, who will lift the lid on the social history and music respectively.

The doc will air in 2016 and was commissioned by Jan Younghusband, BBC head of commission for music and Cassian Harrison, channel editor, BBC4. It is exec produced by Reef’s Ben Weston and Liz Hartford.

“The Siege of Leningrad was an almost unbelievable chapter in history involving the twin horrors of Stalin’s purges and the brutal Nazi invasion of Russia” said Weston. “This film takes an extraordinary piece of music that emanated from the Siege to bring audiences to the heart of that story in a new way, demonstrating the power of the human spirit to vanquish over the worst odds imaginable.”

Britain's First Photo Album to repeat on BBC2


Britain's First Photo Album will be repeating on BBC Two from Tuesday 1st September at 12.30pm. John Sergeant follows in the footsteps of pioneer photographer Francis Frith who, alongside his team, created some of the first photographic records of Britain. 

French Collection Series 2


The second series of French Collection starts on Channel 4 this week - and it's much bigger than last year. There's 25 episodes over the next few weeks so lots of opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful markets across France. Mark Franks gives three Brits 800 euros each and takes them across the Channel to find vintage collectibles they think will make them a profit. Mark's on hand with his expert knowledge throughout but all decisions are made by the contestants. Once home, they upcycle and repurpose their purchases to add as much value as possible - with some extraordinary results. Then, Mark meets all three in a British town where they have to sell the lot - and they have the run of the town: all they care about is profit. It's fast and furious and doesn't always go according to plan. Whoever makes the most money goes home with everyone's earnings. Throughout the series, there's tips on what to buy and how to make the most money and the best ways to make a quick buck. 

French Collection is on every day at 4pm on Channel 4.